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Town hall on NSP and blight Sept. 18
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A town hall meeting about possible changes to the use of Rockdale Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds will be hosted by Rockdale County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m., at the Rockdale County Government Annex, Lobby B, 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

During the meeting, an overview will be provided about the current use of NSP funds and changes being proposed.

Residents will then be invited to share their opinions. The Board of Commissioners is considering amending the NSP Action Plan with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to change the use of the funds from home renovations and sales to the demolition of foreclosed and abandoned properties with construction of new homes on the same site.

NSP was created in Rockdale to minimize the foreclosure impact and stabilize communities by using federal funds allocated to the State, which then competitively offered them to local governments in Georgia. Foreclosed and abandoned homes are purchased in targeted areas and local contractors renovate the properties. The homes are then sold to eligible homebuyers with NSP investing an average of $45,000 in repairs and improvements per home as an added benefit to the buyer.

The public is encouraged to attend the town hall. No RSVP or preregistration is needed.

For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at 770-278-7001 or Commissioner JaNice Van Ness at 770-356-7301 or